‘Videos’ Category

The Summoning – Volkov Commanders

April 25th, 2014

SFTOC will be 10 years old this May 4th, and the Volkov Commanders have been busy, holding a séance day and night, summoning the spirits of Sounds From the Other City festival from years gone by. They’ve been meddling with the minds of innocent bystanders, re-birthing them as living, breathing, rabble rousing, incarnations of the symbols and characters that have appeared on the festival’s posters over the past decade.

The characters have been turned loose, running amuck on Salford’s Chapel Street. Beware, festival goers! What will happen at SFTOC 2014?

www.volkovcommaders.co.uk

We are Coming

April 8th, 2014

…Get ready Chapel St, we will see you on May 4th…

…until then we will continue to make you aware of our presence…

Bernard + Edith – Poppy

February 26th, 2014

Playing for Now Wave at Peel Hall will be the mercurial duo Bernard + Edith. They’ve just had their new track ‘Poppy’ – due out soon through SWAYS records – premiered on Dummy Mag, who had this to say about it:

Anybody with an interest in Manchester’s alternative music underground should be familiar with dark art pop duo Bernard + Edith – they’ve been making music, performing around the city, and generally building a local following for a while now. Still, the pesky North/South divide has meant that they remain little known outside of their immediate community, but that should be set to change with the release of their debut single Poppy, due out on SWAYS Records, Salford’s inspiring independent label/collective.

Watch the video below:

Gay – Chrysotile

February 10th, 2014

Gay are a band from Toronto comprised of Neil Rankin, Paul Erlichman, Cameron Murray and Tom Avis. Formed in Toronto, they have released two singles on Pleasance, including 3D in 3D, a collaboration with Sexy Merlin (Moon King) which was produced by Ben Cook of Fucked Up, and Dance Mix 95, their first full length, which received positive attention from Vice and DIY magazine among others, and marked the band’s transition from the C86 janglepop of their earlier releases towards “concert hall sized Prog Pop”, adding string and horn sections and more complex and varied song structures to encompass the influences of 70s art rock heroes like Brian Eno and Roxy Music.
The band are currently working on an EP with Toronto mainstay Slim Twig to be released in early 2014.

“These guys have struck gold…Chrysotile is exactly the kind of forward-thinking juggernaut that can make a career. Bets are on it doing exactly that.” -DIY Magazine

“…summery, upbeat, poppish rock tracks that will make you uncomfortably dizzy within the first 60 seconds” – Noisey

“These lads count the likes of Roxy Music and Orange Juice as influences, and fit nicely alongside such legendary company.” – Decoder Magazine

“Ones to watch…Dance Mix 95 adds strings, horns and sentiments of Summer to a fantastically complex and fun listen.” – The Grid

SOLIDS – Cold Hands

February 10th, 2014

Influenced by the likes of Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and Superchunk, the duo have developed a reputation as one of the best live bands on the Canadian Underground circuit.

The band’s debut album will be released in Europe on the 17th February through Fat Possum.

The Travelling Band – The Horizon, Me & You

February 10th, 2014

Finding themselves championed by 6 Music’s Marc Riley and the Eavis family even before self-releasing debut album ‘Under the Pavement’ in late 2008, quickly established Manchester outfit The Travelling Band as ones to watch very closely. Over five years and 400+ shows since their formation, the band have garnered an enviable reputation as one of the U.K’s tightest live acts and hardest working bands. There’s far more to The Travelling Band than primarily meets eye or ear, continuing to develop and flourish from festival favourites into fully fledged recording artists, building a legacy destined to stand the test of time.

As part of the Hey! Manchester-curated line-up at this year’s Sounds From The Other City, The Travelling Band will be performing an interpretation of Neil Young’s album ‘On The Beach’ at First Chop Brewing Arm. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this album, The Travelling Band will put their own spin on Young’s fifth studio album, which has accompanied and influenced them throughout their career. Don’t miss the chance to see this one-off performance live in Manchester!

Rosie Lowe – Right Thing

February 9th, 2014

The title track from her debut EP – produced by Kwes and The Invisible’s Dave Okwumu – this was the track that truly brought the sense that Rosie Lowe was something much more special than your standard singer. Lauded by the NME among others, it’s clear why there are so many who’re tipping Lowe for great things in 2014.

Rosie Lowe plays for Tru Luv at The Angel Centre.

Avec Sans – Hold On

February 9th, 2014

Having gained much notoriety with their various remixes, Avec Sans are keen to show they’re even more talented when it comes to crafting their own tunes. Hold On is a perfect illustration as to why they’ve garnered such acclaim in the blogging world over the past year or so. Filled with melody and guile – and with an incredible ear for how to make a truly great pop song – we’re looking forward to seeing them come to Salford.

Avec Sans plays for Tru Luv at The Angel Centre

A look back at the stars of SFTOC 05

January 10th, 2014

Even in real terms, 2005 is a fairly long time ago – but in music, it may as well be an eternity. Back at the first edition of SFTOC, our four promoters (Rain or ShineDead DigitalHigh Voltage and Pop Art vs Industry) brough together some of the rising stars of the time. As ever, some slip from the memory, some stick in the mind and some – thankfully, in the case of Former Bullies – stick around.  You can read a little more about the festival itself here, but have alisten to some of the acts that played that inaugural festival below:

NO HOPE IN NEW JERSEY

THE KBC

GIDEON CONN

FORMER BULLIES

SAM & THE PLANTS

WHISKYCATS

THE SUZUKIS

SFTOC 13 in 27 seconds

January 7th, 2014

A quick blast through one person’s snapshots of the festival in 2013, all soundtracked by SFTOC hall of famers Queer’d Science